Danielle Hunter Agrees to New Deal with Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings and edge rusher Danielle Hunter have come to terms on a new deal that assures he'll be part of the team this fall. What happens after that, however, remains very much up in the air.
"As part of the renegotiated deal, Hunter receives $5.6 million of the money due to him in 2021 as a signing bonus, putting cash in his pocket quicker than the usual base salary," writes Nick Shook of NFL.com, citing a report by Ian Rapoport. "The more significant change, though, comes in 2022, when a new $18 million roster bonus is set to trigger on the fifth day of the league year. That date will serve as a decision point for the Vikings, who can either decide to keep Hunter on the roster at the expensive price of $20 million—with $18 million guaranteed via the roster bonus, if he's still on the team on that date—sign him to a new deal or release Hunter in order to save money."
Hunter turns 27 in October. He missed all of 2020 due to a neck injury, but played in every game in the four years before that, including three straight years without missing a start. He had 48.5 sacks from 2016 to 2019; only Chandler Jones and Aaron Donald had more.